With the acquisition of the historic Sandstone Ranch, the County not only preserved one of Douglas County’s most historic properties but simultaneously also faced the challenge of balancing the preservation and protection of Sandstone Ranch, with public access. The Board of County Commissioners is committed to the Sandstone Ranch Master Plan and the associated public process.
The process of developing the Sandstone Ranch Master Plan – to include a public process – is now underway.
The Plan will provide a strong vision for this property, including public access, while preserving and protecting the property’s cultural and historic assets, including the historic ranch operation; wildlife habitat and corridors, as well as the Pike National Forest connectivity; vegetation and other natural resources.
The Master Plan is expected to examine: continuation of the ranching operations; development of a plan for compatible public recreation and educational opportunities; protection of identified cultural resources and maintenance of historic structures; a forest management plan in conjunction with the Colorado State Forest Service; and the comprehensive interpretation of the natural resources, range management, history, as well as protection of the natural resources associated with the property.
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